Light purple is a pastel shade of purple made by mixing red, blue, and white together. Purple has long been perceived as a color that denotes wealth and extravagance, since in ancient times, purple dye was extremely expensive and rare, and thus it became a color that was associated with royalty and aristocracy, as they were the only people who could afford to have clothes dyed in purple.
However, light purple, as it has a more muted tone than ordinary purple, is thought of as a delicate and easy-going color.
Light purple shades which have blue undertones can feel very soothing and relaxing, whereas light purple shades which lean more towards pink will feel more feminine and romantic.
Light purple is not a color that you might instantly think of when decorating a room unless that room is a nursery for a baby; however, this is a versatile color that can make any room feel refreshing or soothing, and it works well with a variety of different shades.
Here we look at some of the best colors to pair with light purple in home decor.
What Colors Go with Light Purple?
Cornflower Blue + Light Blue
Cornflower blue is a medium to light shade of blue that is stronger than pastel shades of blue but not so heavily saturated that it feels intense. It has a cool vibe that creates a fresh and calming atmosphere, especially when used with light purple, which will achieve an analogous color scheme.
These two colors will work well in any room in the home where you want to feel soothed and relaxed. Despite the lack of green, light purple and cornflower blue have a certain spring-like energy about them that evokes feelings of growth and new beginnings.
To highlight this feel, use the colors in a floral-themed space. For example, paint the walls in light purple and choose white curtains with a cornflower blue floral print, or opt for a wallpaper that contains both shades in a floral design.
Since these colors are close to each other on the color wheel, they can feel too ‘samey’ if they are used without a third shade in the color scheme.
To maintain the fresh and soothing sensation, white or very pale gray will be the best colors to use in a light purple and cornflower blue space. White will ensure the room feels bright and help to break up the monotony that could be created with too much light purple and cornflower blue.
Lemon Yellow+ Light Blue
Yellow and purple face opposite each other on the color wheel, which means they are contrasting and complementary colors. Contrasting colors, when they are used in their truest versions, can look quite startling, as they take extra time for the eyes to process.
Colors that create a bold or strong contrast like yellow and purple can be too stimulating in a room and make for a space that feels uncomfortable to be in; however, since light purple and lemon yellow are pastel versions of these colors, they create a more subtle contrast that feels appealing without being intense.
Lemon yellow and light purple, when used together, make each other seem sweeter. This is a very light-hearted color scheme that would be ideal in a child’s bedroom or a guest bedroom, or it could also work well in a kitchen.
Lemon yellow brings a sunny and warm atmosphere to an interior, while light purple is more soothing and relaxing. The combination of both of these results in a space that feels pleasant to be in.
A fresh country cottage style is an ideal use of these shades. For example, lemon-yellow walls in a bedroom, with floral light purple curtains, and a patchwork comforter on the bed made with a combination of floral fabrics featuring both of the colors.
Sage Green+ Light Blue
Sage green is a light to medium earthy shade of green named after the leaves of the sage plant, which have a muted, silver-green color. The resulting color is a shade of green that has gray undertones. Light purple is among the excellent colors that go well with sage green because both of the colors are pastel shades, so they have a similar level of saturation and intensity.
Yellow is the contrasting shade to purple, and since green is next to yellow on the color wheel, it is also able to provide a measure of contrast with purple. When used together, light purple and sage green create a mild contrast that is interesting without being startling. Sage green is associated with nature and renewal, so it works well in earthy or botanical style decor themes with light purple.
In a living room, paint the walls in sage green and opt for small light purple touches for a very subtle look, such as cushions with light purple piping around the edge and a light purple blanket folded over the back of a chair. To lean into a more botanical style, find art prints that link in with the theme or use dried floral displays as pieces of home decor.
Dried lavender wreaths will work well since the stems and leaves of lavender are a sage color, and the dried flowers are light purple. You could also look for a floral wallpaper or floral bed sheets which have light purple flowers on and sage green-colored leaves to bring the whole color scheme together.
Chartreuse is a vivid color that is a cross between lime green and yellow. The presence of yellow in this color means that it contrasts really intensely against purple; however, since light purple is a pastel shade, the result is somewhat muted.
If you want to create a striking look in a room that feels fresh and fearless, insert some chartreuse items into a light purple space.
In a living room, decorate the area predominantly in light purple and white, and then add bold hits of chartreuse to make a statement. For example, paint the walls in light purple, choose white sofas with light purple cushions, a white rug, and a shocking chartreuse accent chair together with a vibrant chartreuse lamp shade.
When you are trying to achieve an intense contrast like this, less is definitely more; otherwise, the space can feel overwhelming. Instead, you just want to give a taster of the contrast to stimulate the eyes and leave them wanting more.
Teal is a green-blue color that feels invigorating and energizing. It doesn’t contrast against light purple, which means these two colors are ideal for use in a room where you want an easy-going vibe.
In a bedroom, paint the walls in light purple and choose teal soft furnishings such as bedsheets and curtains, or find a fabric that uses both of the shades to bring the look together.
Rose pink is a pretty shade of pink that is not too dissimilar to light purple. These colors look luscious together in a room where you want to achieve a romantic or flirtatious vibe.
In a bedroom, paint the walls in light purple and opt for rose pink curtains in suede, along with a rose pink rug and matching cushions on the bed. Gold is the best metal to use with rose pink and light purple as it ensures a mature and sophisticated feel, and it also serves to warm up the temperature of the space to make it inviting.
Eggplant is a deep and dark shade of purple that feels intense and dramatic. It will contrast against light purple in terms of shade and create a space that feels layered and textured.
To create an atmosphere in a dining room that feels intimate yet elegant, paint the walls in eggplant and opt for light purple curtains and light purple upholstered dining chairs.
Set the table with eggplant-colored placemats and an eggplant-colored vase as the centerpiece, containing some fresh sprigs of lavender. The best way to maintain the intense, intimate feel in a space like this is to actually go as heavy with different shades of purple as you can and avoid using a third neutral shade to break them up.
Since all of the shades belong to the same color family, the resulting effect will feel high-end and classic rather than over the top.
Light purple can have gray undertones, which give it a very muted and modern appeal, and these types of light purple specifically work really nicely with any shade of gray.
For a more dramatic look, choose a medium to dark shade of gray and balance out the intensity with light purple. This could take the form of dark gray walls in a bedroom, with pale gray curtains, light purple bed sheets, dark gray cushions, and light purple lampshades.
Alternatively, decorate a room in pale gray and light purple for an atmosphere that feels easy breezy. Gray has a cooling and calming energy, while light purple brings a sense of refreshment, so the two colors together work really well to achieve a space that feels airy and casual.
Please check out our articles on colors that go with purple to know how to pair with purple in home decor.